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Gbagbo ally refused Christmas pardon by Ghanaian court

By Lawrence Quartey
Posted on Friday, 21 December 2012 10:12

Justin Katinan, in an apologetic mood also told the court that he was facing financial problems and needed money to pay his legal fees.

But the magistrate court turned down his appeal and adjourned the matter to January 17.

The former Ivorian minister in charge of Budget was initially standing trial for charges of robbery and was granted a $25,641 bail.

But he was re-arrested by Interpol in Accra and was charged with conspiracy to murder and two counts of murder.

Katinan was accused of conspiring with one Dalo Desire in Cote d’Ivoire to murder two men at Port Bouet in the Ivorian capital Abidjan.

On Thursday prosecutors asked for a date to begin the extradition hearing for Katinan.

Prosecution says it had filed all the necessary documentations in respect of Katinan’s extradition process.

The magistrate delayed ruling on the matter saying Katinan’s lawyers must be served with relevant papers first.

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